Information Technology Services opened Temple University’s first retail technology store, OWLtech, in Pearson Hall on Thursday.
Provost JoAnne Epps joined Chief Operating Officer Kevin Clark, who oversaw the planning, design and construction of the store, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. About 150 students and faculty came to the store for its grand opening Thursday afternoon, where the store raffled off an Apple iPad and Airpods.
OWLtech will offer technology products from Apple and Microsoft, including computers, tablets and accessories in store and online. It will also provide tech support and a repair center, similar to the Apple Store’s Genius Bar, said Robert Gaynor, the computer store’s manager.
The store will also be the new home of the Computer Recycling Center, which collects, refurbishes and sells used computer and electronic equipment back to the Temple community, or donates and properly disposes of unwanted technology.
Students, alumni and faculty can receive a 10 percent discount on products by verifying their Temple email address and showing their OWLcard upon checkout.
North Philadelphia residents can access the store’s repair services and purchase some technology accessories, but will not be able to purchase products licensed for students and staff due to the educational discount, Cindy Leavitt, the vice president of ITS, told The Temple News in January 2018.
Gaynor will manage the store full-time along with Kyle Dumond, the assistant store manager. Students employed by ITS will work part-time at the store.
“I love the idea of this store being a resource for not only the students, but the community itself,” Gaynor said. “Now, students do not have to leave campus…It’s not great to have to tell students that they have to go to the Apple [Store on] Walnut [Street] to get their item either repaired or to purchase something. It keeps it on campus.”
The project cost $1.22 million to complete, Leavitt told The Temple News in September 2018.
OWLtech has taken over the space of Pearson’s Hall former rock-climbing wall. A new wall was built in 2017 in the Aramark Student Training and Recreation Complex.
“This is something we’ve been exploring for about seven years now,” Leavitt said. “…We wanted to extend new technology with a focus of providing better service for the students to make it easier for students to access the technology they may need to get through school.”
OWLtech is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store accepts Diamond Dollars, credit and debit cards and Apple and Android Pay, but no cash payments.
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